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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 The Best of Times 5:37
2 Project X 9:59
3 God of Gamblers 5:45
4 Logic of Fire 8:40
5 Tibby, Oh Tibby! 2:35
6 The Five Heavenly Truths 24:30
7 The Welfare Elite 4:04
8 Dark Comprehensions 9:15
9 The Worst of Times 6:10

Line-up / Musicians

Bob Adams Bass, Guitar (Electric)
Scott Colby Slide Guitar
Oliver di Cicco Bass
John French Drums
Greg Goodman Piano
John Hanes Drums
Matt Henderson Guitar (Electric)
Henry Kaiser Guitar (Electric),
Michael Maksymenko Drums
Mark McQuade-Crawford Drums
Andy West Bass

Releases information


Tracks 1 & 9 recorded live June 1992.
Track 2 recorded live March 1988.
Track 3 recorded April 1992.
Track 4 recorded November 1990.
Track 5 recorded November 1991 in California.
Track 6 recorded live August 1990, at Derek Bailey's Company Week, London.
Track 7 recorded live August 1989.
Track 8 recorded June 1992.

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SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This album is a collection of mostly improvisational pieces, some live, some studio recordings, by guitarist Henry Kaiser. Most of the tracks are Kaiser either alone or with minimal accompaniment, two are backing up poet Vernon Edgar (who has a Captain Beefheart sort of way with words).

The album is not for those who shy away from the experimental, as the majority of pieces are relatively formless guitar sounds. I happen to like that very much on occasion. For those who need more structure, there is a Crazy Backwards Alphabet (Kaiser, Andy West and John French, with slide guitarist Scott Colby sitting in) live track, The Welfare Elite.

I wouldn't recommend this as a place to start your Henry Kaiser collection, but fans of Fred Frith's (a sometime Kaiser cohort) would probably like this one as much as I do.

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